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Heart-stopping showdown between Pakistan & Argentina
Three goals in the final three minutes fail to separate the sides in 5-5 draw
Saturday, 19 October 2013
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Muhammad Dilber 2, 20, 40 (F, F)
Muhammad Rizwan Junior 19 (F)
Shafqat Rasool 21 (F)
Lucas Rossi 23 (F)
Lucas Rey 28 (F)
Agustin Mazzilli 33 (F)
Matias Paredes 38 (F)
Guido Barreiros 39 (F)
Pakistan and Argentina played out a heart-stopping 5-all draw that left the crowd not knowing what was going to happen next. The match has huge ramifications leading into the final day of preliminaries as only Malaysia are out of contention for a spot in Sunday’s final. Pakistan, slick by foot and stick, were ahead 4-nil before Argentina clawed back the next five in the second half.
Two goals in mere seconds to Matias Paredes and then Guido Barreiros sparked huge celebrations as the Lions hit the front for the first time, a minute from full time. From the ensuing re-start Pakistan whisked the ball down their end for one more twist as Muhammad Dilber, the tournament’s leading scorer with five, sprawled onto the ball and edged it through.
Either side of half time Pakistan turned the contest on its head after a tough first 15 minutes. Pakistan’s pace in and around the goal circle worried Argentina and Muhammad Rizwan Junior scored to make it two-nil after an early deflection by Dilber.
A counter-attacking special initiated by Shafqat Rasool was polished off by Dilber, who angled the ball into the net for a 3-nil half time score favouring the Pakistanis.
The Green Shirts didn’t cool off during the interval as Rasool nearly blazed a bouncing ball through the goals seconds after the resumption.
Argentina strived for parity in the battle, if not on the board, as both benches barked out instructions.
It would come step by step for the Lions, trying to make up the large deficit. With a Pakistan stick in front of him Lucas Rossi scored in the 23rd minute.
Two more would come in the next 10 minutes in field play from Lucas Rey and Agustin Mazzilli before the thrilling concluding flurry.
Pakistan meet the Kookaburras on Saturday in a clash that could well see a loser missing out on Sunday’s final, with Argentina’s Lions facing off against Malaysia.
See Pakistan take on the Kookaburras and Argentina take on Malaysia live on ABC 1 on Saturday afternoon.
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